Brain injuries are a real threat, but they can be prevented.
NESN is proud to host Children's Hospital Boston's Brain Injury Center Night on March 8 in honor of the many doctors and nurses who help with these injuries.
Many brain injuries are sports-related and the NHL has started to taken serious actions to prevent these injuries from recurring through suspensions and other league-wide rules.
Below are a list of facts about brain injuries and the ThinkFirst program assocaited with Children's Hospital Boston:
500,000 persons sustain a brain or spinal cord injury each year.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death for children and teens.
These injuries are preventable.
An estimated 173,285,000 visits to the emergency room each year are sports and recreation related traumatic brain injuries of children younger than 19. The majority of these injuries are concussions.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury described as a "mild" brain injury because concussions are not usually life-threatening.
A concussion can be serious, especially if the brain is not given adequate time to heal before returning to sports or activities.
Preventing concussions, recognizing symptoms, seeking medical evaluation and following concussion guidelines are all important for full recovery and the prevention of more serious effects.
Athletes who have had a concussions are at risk for another concussion.
Children's Hospital Boston's Brain Injury Center evaluates and treats over 250 children each month for sport and non-sport related concussion.
We recognize that children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.
Children's Hospital Boston's Brain Injury Center specializes in the management and treatment of all types of traumatic brain injury.
Contact number 617-355-2490
Children's Hospital Boston provides a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of our pediatric patients.
Our team includes physicians, neuropsychologist, psychologists, nurse practitioners and nurses all who specialize in the care of the patient with a brain injury.
The center coordinates care across several services — including the Trauma Center, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Sports Medicine and Neuropsychology — to enhance the health and well-being of patients, minimize distress and prevent longer-term difficulties. Access to acute and follow-up care is an essential component of this multidisciplinary center.
Our program cares for patients admitted to the hospital with a TBI. We also care for patients in our Sports Concussion Clinic, Neurology Clinic, and Brain Injury Clinic.
ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program are available free of charge to schools and community organizations. Please call 617-355-2281 if you are interested in this program.
ThinkFirst provides educational programs focused on the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries.
In addition to ThinkFirst the Brain Injury Center staff provide education on concussion to schools and community agencies as well as participating in many school and community injury prevention groups.
Children's Hospital researchers have recently assisted in the development of the new Massachusetts law requiring a Head Injury Safety Training program for high school interscholastic sports.
Governor Deval Patrick signed a law in July 2010 aimed at increasing concussion awareness and requiring an interscholastic athletic Head Injury Safety Training program to help reduce the potentially catastrophic impact of sport related concussions.
The Head Injury Safety Training Program requires all coaches, athletes, and other participants, including the parents or legal guardians of players, to complete a course that highlights the signs and symptoms of concussion and provides treatment recommendations.
The law states that students participating in an athletic activity who become unconscious during a practice or competition shall not return to play until been cleared by a healthcare professional.
The law also requires that high school athletes who incur head injuries, or are suspected to have sustained a concussion, even when there is no loss of consciousness, sit out until they receive medical clearance to return (i.e. "return to play").